Organization Manual: College Readiness Chair

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The College Readiness Committee began as two committees, the K12/Higher Education ad hoc committee and the K-16 Joint Steering Committee created in 2011 by ILA-ACRL & IASL, respectively. The mutual goal of these two committees was to develop future plans for collaboration, in particular, to focus on concerns related to K-16 information literacy. 

The ILA-ACRL ad hoc committee was appointed for a maximum of two terms of two years each (as outlined in ILA-ACRL by-laws) and ended its final term in November 2015. In that time, the committee had completed substantial work implementing an edited version of a Tools for Real-Time Assessment of Information Literacy (TRAILS) test, designed by Kent State University, to develop a baseline understanding of the information literacy college readiness of first-year students from higher education institutions across the state. Findings from the assessments provided a baseline understanding of students’ information literacy college readiness. Based on these findings, suggestions were made for professional development and advocacy opportunities to support sustained K-16 information literacy efforts.

Based on the success of these two committees, ILA/ACRL & IASL executive boards recommended the development of a permanent joint ILA/ACRL & IASL College Readiness Committee.

Committee charge:

Support K-12 library programs, ensure collaboration to provide strong K-16 information literacy efforts throughout the state, and conduct assessment and advocacy. 

Responsibilities:

The committee develops resources and opportunities to strengthen K-16 information literacy efforts across the state. As part of this effort, they maintain Iowa School Libraries, an online space to share projects on assessment, information literacy, advocacy, and professional development strategies for Iowa School librarians.

Monthly or every other month

  • Hold virtual committee meeting
  • Distribute communications about relevant committee work or local and national information literacy/college readiness resources and initiatives to relevant listservs and social media outlets, including: SLIK, ILA-ACRL

Spring

  • Plan a presentation/session for the spring ILA/ACRL conference to share out committee work, especially as it relates to developing an awareness about the current state of K-12 libraries and information literacy programs across the state.
  • Attend the ILA/ACRL Conference or appoint a representative  
  • Plan a presentation/session for the summer IASL/Reading Conference

Summer

  • Try to arrange a face-to-face working meeting to complete or continue projects in the works.

October

  • Attend the fall ILA Conference or appoint a representative.

College Readiness Chairs

2016 Ericka Raber, University of Iowa, and Val Ehlers, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Grundy Center
2017 Ericka Raber, University of Iowa
2018 Ericka Raber, University of Iowa
2019 Katie Hassman

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